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This Month in #CivicTech: January Hacking

More than 46,000 people around the globe help make their communities and governments work better through the Code for America volunteer Brigade network. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this month:

mRelief Wins Big

mRelief, a tool that makes it easy to find out if you qualify for social services, won big at the Knight Foundation’s Open Data Challenge. They are going to have an exciting year helping different governments across the country build their own screeners.

Chicago Councilmatic

DataMade just launched their latest: Chicago Councilmatic. The site makes it easy to search Chicago’s legislation and its aldermen. Want one in your city? Check out Councilmatic to learn how to redeploy it.

Chicago Launches OpenGrid

Chicago just launched OpenGrid, an advanced open data portal based on Plenar.io from the University of Chicago. Chi Hack Night, the longest running civic hack night, has a video of the launch presentation. They also got a detailed write up in Wired.

A Tale of Twenty-Two Million Bikes

Check out this blog post with fantastic visualizations of NYC’s Citi Bike data. Flip through Todd’s other blog posts for more civic tech data analysis.

Civic Hacking in Pakistan

See what Code for Pakistan has been up to here. Congrats on their new Fellowship in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

How the Laquan McDonald Video Was Released

Chi Hack Night hosted journalist Brandon Smith at a recent hack night about his FOIA request and successful lawsuit, which forced the release of the video and exposed massive corruption in Chicago’s police force. This is the video of that presentation.

Seattle’s New Civic Tech Advocate

Candace Faber, a long time Open Seattle member, was recently hired as the City’s new Civic Tech Advocate.

Chief Data Officer of San Diego’s Year in Review

The former Code for America Fellow Maksim Pecherskiy was hired as San Diego’s Chief Data Officer at the beginning of 2015. This is what he learned in this first year.

The Brigade on Boing Boing

We did it, front page of Boing Boing.

iQuantNy’s First Look at Latest Crime Data

New York City just released a ton of incident level data for the first time. iQuantNY dove into this data and made some impressive maps and analysis.

Gotham Zoning

Gotham Zoning makes it easy to understand NYC’s complex zoning data. They used inspiration from SimCity, including the music. This is a fork of 2nd City Zoning.

Civic Tech Planning Canvas in Japanese

Open Austin‘s super useful Civic Tech Planning Canvas has been translated into Japanese by volunteers from Code for Ibaraki.

Miami’s Budget Graph in the News

The creator of Code for Miami‘s awesome budget visualization got [More than 46,000 people around the globe help make their communities and governments work better through the Code for America volunteer Brigade network. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this month:

mRelief Wins Big

mRelief, a tool that makes it easy to find out if you qualify for social services, won big at the Knight Foundation’s Open Data Challenge. They are going to have an exciting year helping different governments across the country build their own screeners.

Chicago Councilmatic

DataMade just launched their latest: Chicago Councilmatic. The site makes it easy to search Chicago’s legislation and its aldermen. Want one in your city? Check out Councilmatic to learn how to redeploy it.

Chicago Launches OpenGrid

Chicago just launched OpenGrid, an advanced open data portal based on Plenar.io from the University of Chicago. Chi Hack Night, the longest running civic hack night, has a video of the launch presentation. They also got a detailed write up in Wired.

A Tale of Twenty-Two Million Bikes

Check out this blog post with fantastic visualizations of NYC’s Citi Bike data. Flip through Todd’s other blog posts for more civic tech data analysis.

Civic Hacking in Pakistan

See what Code for Pakistan has been up to here. Congrats on their new Fellowship in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

How the Laquan McDonald Video Was Released

Chi Hack Night hosted journalist Brandon Smith at a recent hack night about his FOIA request and successful lawsuit, which forced the release of the video and exposed massive corruption in Chicago’s police force. This is the video of that presentation.

Seattle’s New Civic Tech Advocate

Candace Faber, a long time Open Seattle member, was recently hired as the City’s new Civic Tech Advocate.

Chief Data Officer of San Diego’s Year in Review

The former Code for America Fellow Maksim Pecherskiy was hired as San Diego’s Chief Data Officer at the beginning of 2015. This is what he learned in this first year.

The Brigade on Boing Boing

We did it, front page of Boing Boing.

iQuantNy’s First Look at Latest Crime Data

New York City just released a ton of incident level data for the first time. iQuantNY dove into this data and made some impressive maps and analysis.

Gotham Zoning

Gotham Zoning makes it easy to understand NYC’s complex zoning data. They used inspiration from SimCity, including the music. This is a fork of 2nd City Zoning.

Civic Tech Planning Canvas in Japanese

Open Austin‘s super useful Civic Tech Planning Canvas has been translated into Japanese by volunteers from Code for Ibaraki.

Miami’s Budget Graph in the News

The creator of Code for Miami‘s awesome budget visualization got](http://news.fiu.edu/2016/01/student-programmer-uses-coding-to-solve-community-problems/95738) recently.

What is Civic Tech?

Open Twin Cities pontificates on our chosen field.

The Vermont Poop Bot

Our friend @mkramer from 18F interviews the maker of the Twitter bot that tweets out sewage spills as they happen.

Why Civic Tech is Hard to Fund

The GovTech Fund, a VC fund for government technology, wrote a piece that includes some interesting perspective on funding civic technology.

Past This Week in #CivicTech updates be found at #civictech or in slide form for your hack nights. Hack on!